1. Open iMovie ‘11 by clicking the icon on the Dock or by searching “iMovie” in spotlight.
2. Click iMovie > Preferences…
3. Under the General tab:
4. Under the Browser tab:
Note: You can use this feature at any time without having to check this box by holding Command + Option to reveal an orange handle to more precisely add or subtract frames or seconds from a beginning or end of a clip within your project.
Select “Clicking in Event Browser selects entire clip” for the whole clip to be highlighted by default.
Select “Clicking in Event Browser selects [#]s” so that only a custom portion of the clip will be highlighted where the yellow handles can be moved to add or subtract from the selection.
5. Under the Video tab:
6. Click the red “X” button in the top of the iMovie Preferences window to save and close.
Before you start creating your movie, you will need to import your video files into a library. In iMovie, the media libraries are called Events. In order to import footage to be edited, we must first create an Event (or library) for our clips.
1. In the Event Library panel:
Choose a save location, such as your external hard drive, from the list by clicking on it.
2. In the Tool Bar:
Note: A new event will be added to the list and an iMovie Events folder will be created on the root of your save location. You can change the name of your event within the Event Library panel. Do not edit or move your event folder in Finder; everything must be changed within iMovie or risk data loss.
Now that we've created an Event, we must now create a new Project, or timeline, where we will place our footage and build our video.
1. In the Project Library panel, make sure your save location, such as your external hard drive, is selected from the list by clicking on it.
2. Click File > New Project…
3. In the New Project dialogue box:
- “No Theme” is selected by default, but you can choose a theme that will apply predetermined titles, animations, and transitions to your project.
- Change the name of your project file.
- Select “Widescreen (16:9)” if your source footage is 1920x1080 or 1440x1080 (1080p) or 1280x720 (720p).
Select “Standard (4:3)” if your source footage is 720x480 (SD).
- Select an fps (frames per second) that most closely matches your source footage (typically “30 fps – NTSC”).
Note: Your project will automatically open up replacing the Project Library panel and an iMovie Projects folder will be created on the root of your save location.You can change the name of your project within the Project Library panel. Do not edit or move your project folder in Finder; everything must be changed within iMovie or risk data loss.